2016 Endorsements for School Board campaign
Kim Caprini is an experienced and passionate candidate for the Minneapolis School Board. As a long-time parent activist, Caprini knows what it will mean to do the work of being a school board member. Of all candidates, Caprini has attended committee meetings of the board; I first met her at a Teaching and Learning district committee over 5 years ag. Caprini is current on discussions about the budget, about facilities, about athletics and district leadership. And, most importantly, Caprini knows and loves north side schools – her girls attend north side schools, she volunteers everywhere from Franklin to Harrison. Kim Caprini listens, learns and acts. We need parents who are long-term north side residents to best engage the whole board in sustaining and growing north side schools. Kim Caprini walks the talk; let’s put her energy and experience to work for north side kids – Vote Caprini for School Board.
-Carla Bates Board Director, MPS
Having known Kimberly for over two decades, including having been her employer, I celebrate her integrity and humanitarian efforts. I believe there could be no finer candidate for this position and she will no doubt bring her heart, soul and discretion to the table in handling the tough challenges, which we face in today’s educational climate.
-Scott Edwin Givot International Culinary Tourism Association
I am supporting Kimberly Caprini for District 2 Minneapolis Public Schools Board Member because she is family. I taught with her mother, a fellow Minneapolis Public Schools teacher over thirty years ago and later worked for decades with her sister, a social worker, and still another sister who coached basketball—all Minneapolis Public Schools staff. Kimberly was born and raised in a large, loving, North Side family.
I first met Kimberly several years ago in her role as a member for the Camden Business Association. At the time I was working to develop and extend relationships of Henry High School into the business community. Kimberly was especially helpful in that outreach effort. When she enrolled her oldest child at Henry, Kimberly immediately became involved in school activities including Site Council. As a new parent to Henry, Kimberly founded a dynamic parent involvement organization. Kimberly was a consistent spectator at her daughter’s school activities and soon attended nearly all Henry activities, even those that her daughter was not a member. Kimberly sees all Henry students, and all North Side students as her children and is a tireless supporter of their accomplishments.
Though I am not a blood relative of Kimberly, I do feel that I am related to her by a common love of the children and the Minneapolis Public Schools that they attend on the North Side. Kimberly has a passion for making those schools great, like the children and families that they serve, and deserve. After all these years of service, Kimberly is the rare public servant who can harness righteous anger with humility, and lifelong relationships to get the job done for families on the North Side. As a small businesswoman Kimberly can bring the Minneapolis Public Schools a much needed customer service philosophy along with the moxie to help the Board of Education work with a bottom line budget that makes the best of financial resources.
On Tuesday, November 8, please vote Kimberly Caprini for District 2 of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. Thank you for your time and support.
-Tom Murray Retired MPS Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
It is my pleasure to endorse Kimberly Caprini for the District 2 (North Minneapolis) seat on the Minneapolis School Board. I have watched Kimberly grow in her leadership capacity over the past several years.
First, as a parent involved in her children’s education; and, as she gradually became an advocate for all kids. She has spent several years volunteering in various capacities in the district. She serves on school committees, site councils and district parent advisories. She is ever present at events to engage the community to hear and talk about what concerns or issues they have. She passionately advocates for our schools, students and families. By regularly attending board meetings and their committee meetings, she stays aware of what’s coming down the pipeline.
As a result, she has not only listened enough to learn, she now is ready to lead. She advocates for the voices of students and parents to be heard. She understands the process that drives the schools and the system. She is very informed about District 2 schools, their resources and needs. She doesn’t claim to know how to fix everything but, being solution oriented, is willing to learn.
If you’re looking for a warrior that will stand up and fight for District 2, I highly recommend Kimberly Caprini. She is passionate and driven. She has no hidden agenda and is here to promote interests that serve our students.
-Lynne Crockett Parent Advocate
Kim is deeply rooted in her community and its schools. She advocates not only for her own children, but all children on the North Side. Her knowledge of the issues and her commitment to quality schools would make her an excellent school board member.
-Pam Costain Former President, AchieveMpls
It is my sincere pleasure to write a letter of support for Kimberly Caprini for District 2 School Board. I have known Kimberly for over 6 years, and until I recently moved out of state for family reasons, I also lived in North Minneapolis and worked as a teacher, education administrator, and associate executive director at PYC (on Penn and Broadway) for nearly 20 years. During this time, I have had the honor of working with some very dedicated people–people who care deeply about North Minneapolis and the students who attend MPS schools there. None, however, are more passionate and knowledgeable than Kimberly.
Kimberly is a powerful advocate for Northside public schools–all Northside public schools! I had the pleasure of working with Kimberly when a group of fellow family members and local educators founded the Northside Schools Collective, and believe me, she is by far the most dedicated and perseverant advocate I know. She played a key role in unifying parents and families at ALL schools and in ALL grades.
From Harrison to Olson and EVERY SINGLE Northside school on the map in between, Kimberly has been an active presence, working side-by-side WITH FAMILIES each and every day. Here are just a few examples of her work: she has re-opened abandoned gym pools; she has fought for and secured middle school IB programming (previously this did not exist for Northside students); she has improved building safety; and she has advocated for and guaranteed the rights and dignity of students who receive special education services.
Equally as important, as a business owner, Kimberly Caprini has a thorough knowledge of budgeting, human resources, and business contracts. And, from her years of committee and advisory council work with MPS, she has not only has vast experience with board policies and procedures, she also has a historical knowledge of the MPS School Board that is guaranteed to be invaluable as MPS weathers changes in both leadership and practice.
No other candidate possesses this breadth or knowledge and experience, and no other candidate is as uniquely qualified to be a collaborative, solution-based member of the school board as Kimberly Caprini. I wholeheartedly support her candidacy and know it will be an asset to thrbstudents, families, and educators in North Minneapolis–and all of Minneapolis–whom I still care so deeply about.
Thank you for your time and consideration in reading this letter of support.
-Kathleen Butts Former Associate Executive Director, PYC
During the five years I spent as a Northside resident, my family and I were blessed to have Kimberly Caprini and her wonderful family as neighbors. From my first encounter with Kimberly I could tell that she was civic-minded and had a vested interest in bettering her community. This passion was most evident in how engaged she was in her her daughters’ education as a volunteer and advocate. I could always count on Kim to be up to date and informed on our neighborhood and her daughters’ then school, Loring Elementary. In my five short years as a Northsider I watched her volunteer on committees, host block parties, assist in open houses, and serve the district in many ways. It has been a pleasure to watch her advocacy grow from afar, along with her two intelligent, hard working, and equally as community-minded daughters.
Now I am a Stillwater ISD 834 resident, and with recent proposed school closures I found my daughter’s school and our district in a state of uncertainty and turmoil within two short years of moving. Kim was the first person I thought to call, given the depth of her knowledge and experience working behind the scenes in public education, so that I could make sense of the issues. Despite the fact that we are no longer neighbors and hadn’t seen each other in quite a long time, Kim responded quickly and helped educate and empower me. This is a small but poignant example of Kim’s generous spirit and commitment to public service. She truly has no hidden agenda, but steps up to the plate because she is passionate about our educational system and fighting for what is right.
MPS District 2 is very fortunate to have Kimberly Caprini as a school board candidate. If elected, I have no doubt she will do everything in her power to fiercely advocate for students and their families.
-Allison Cunningham Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga and Barre Instructor
I have worked with Kimberly for quite some time to help advance the tremendous issues our City Kids are faced with – I know her to be “as good as her word” – a creative thinker and someone who will “get it done”. She is her own person and answers only to the needs facing those students most in need of a good, solid, reliable school system that works well – I believe that Kimberly will be “just what is needed” on the Minneapolis School Board!
You can help make this happen by contributing to her campaign to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education. You’ll be glad you did! Kimberly is dedicated to serving all of our City Kids, but particularly those in greatest need of learning – for all the right reasons. Thank you in advance, for stepping up and contributing. Please do it right away so it “doesn’t get away from you” – the need is great and she needs it now!
-Ruth Usem Philanthropist and Civic Leader
I was so excited to learn that you are running to serve on the Board of Directors for the Minneapolis Public Schools. Although I no longer serve as the Director of the District’s Office of Equity & Diversity nor live in Minneapolis, my heart is still there because like you, I am deeply committed to ensuring that all children receive a quality education.
When I worked for the District, I witnessed your passionate commitment to students, as well as your consistent advocacy on their behalf. I appreciated your willingness to always show up to support kids, even during a snow storm. I remember the first Equity & Diversity event that you supported. You showed up at Bethune Elementary for a 100 Strong Who Care event to talk to students about your career path. I was amazed that you showed up that morning, not just because we got a couple of feet of snow that morning, but also because you had just learned about the event the night before, when we met at district meeting. I was so glad that the snow did not deter you from keeping your commitment to show up and show your support for the students at Bethune. That same commitment is what will drive you to continue to show up for our kids by making sure decisions are made that are in their best interests.
I am grateful that after our first meeting, you became a regular 100 Strong Who Care volunteer that showed up at numerous events throughout the year. I will never forget you sharing your very personal story when we held our last 100 Strong at Harrison Educational Center. I was extremely moved by your story, and I appreciate you being vulnerable and transparent enough to share your story with the group that day. We need people in leadership who are transparent, leaders who care, leaders with compassion and empathy, and leaders who truly understand the needs and concerns of the community. You have shown great leadership, transparency, strength, courage, commitment and service over the year, and I know you will continue to do so as a Board Member.
During my tenure at the Minneapolis Public Schools, I was fortunate to see your advocacy on the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and the Loring parent group. You were not only concerned about your kids but all the kids in the Minneapolis Public Schools. You are not afraid to ask the tough questions and to hold everyone accountable. Although I am no longer at the District, I am thankful that we had the opportunity to work together, and I am grateful for your continued service to the District.
I wish you the best of luck in your campaign. I know that if given the opportunity, you will make sure the voice of students, parents and the community are heard.
-Lawrencina Mason Oramalu Former Director of the Office of Equity & Diversity, MPS
I am writing to voice my support of Kim Caprini as a candidate for MPS District 2 School Board Director for North Minneapolis. I have been a proud Northsider since 2003, and currently have my two children enrolled in the Minneapolis Public School system. My youngest child will be my second child to go through elementary school at the Loring Community School and my oldest is a sixth-grader at Olson Middle School. Over the last three years I have gotten to know Ms. Caprini as a fellow Loring parent and I quickly learned to appreciate her breadth of knowledge about the Minneapolis school system and the principals of education and community involvement (and how successful they can be when married together). She has been an invaluable guide to navigating the important world of public school education. As my family approached decisions about middle school, we were not thrilled with the choices. Our best bet seemed to be in Northeast Minneapolis instead of anywhere in our actual city district. Eventually we decided to stay in the North Minneapolis system (instead of Crystal or Robbinsdale) and go to Olson Middle School because of their newer focus on AVID and the large group of Loring students continuing on this year. But the main reason we gave it a chance is because of the strong parent involvement that is also continuing on from Loring, Specifically including Ms. Caprini. Knowing that she has a child at the same school is a nice reassurance that there will always be someone to share concerns with and actually find useful paths to solutions.
I know Ms. Caprini to be a well-researched, intelligent and thoughtful advocate for education and I look forward to her bringing that same package of talents and passion to help other North Minneapolis children and families have the best schools we can have.
-Rich Fleischman Northside Parent
My mom, Kimberly Caprini would be a great advocate and a great school board member.
During my school years she has volunteered on every site council she could make time for to make sure that not just I, but all students were getting the best education.
When Patrick Henry high school had a fire in the science classroom, She made sure the district officials came to my school to see the damage that was done and other areas, like the electrical problems, that needed to be fixed at Henry.
She has spent countless hours on district parent advisory councils, school site councils, and attended parent teacher support meetings to make sure students are getting the support they need both in school and at home.
If I had the opportunity to vote I would vote for my mom, Kimberly Caprini, because of all the work she has done to make the education for our future leaders better.
-Sofia Caprini MPS Grad and U of M Student
My mom, Kimberly Caprini would be perfect for the school board because she has advocated for my sister and my education since we started school.
My mom has always advocated for the right thing and she knows what is right. My mom has a big heart and will get through any challenge that comes her way. When it comes to education, my mom will help any kid that struggles with learning.
This is my letter of recommendation for my mom: Kimberly Caprini for school board!
-Kaya Caprini Olson Middle School Student